Heatley leads Wild to 4-2 win over Blue Jackets

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Dany Heatley didn't take long to make an impact for Minnesota, giving his new team a power-play goal and an assist in a 4-2 season-opening victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Heatley, acquired in a summer trade with San Jose, gave the Wild a 3-0 lead when he one-timed a pass threaded into slot traffic by Pierre-Marc Bouchard midway through the second period, drawing the loudest cheer of the night from the sellout crowd of 19,040.

After a defensive lapse later in that frame, when Derek Dorsett beat him to the crease and found Aaron Johnson's rebound to knock in the puck for the first score for the Blue Jackets, Heatley responded less than a minute later. He zipped a perfect cross-ice pass to Devin Setoguchi, another key acquisition from the Sharks, for a textbook two-on-one goal and a 4-1 Wild lead.